Spring 2018 | CUNY Graduate Center | IDS 70100: Introduction to Queer Studies


Reminder: Please Add Your OER Questions to this Post ASAP (Brim)

  1. Why type of OER is suitable for a diverse body of undergraduate students?
  2.  Hypothetically, if the internet was eliminated, OERs stored online and were no longer accessible, how would students and instructors (on the account where they know and rely on technology) be able to :
    1. Teach the old method of looking into card catalogs, books, microfilm, periodicals, etc…?
    2. Is there a place where print versions are stored in case of a situation like this?
    3. How valuable is technology when it is not reliable?


  1. Q: Do scholars ever make an OER version of an article that was previously published by a peer-reviewed journal/ how does copy right regulate this?

    • Q: How does the Creative Commons License alter the process of publishing for an article? In other words, do the articles still go through the competitive process of selection by a publisher/ get vetted throughly for inclusion in a peer reviewed journal? Are there assumptions about OER sources being less academically legitimate, and are these fears at all founded?

      • Naoko

        Higher accessibility to educational resources would be benefit of researchers as well as students. Because publish articles online drastically increases the visibility of researchers. Indeed, the accessibility to articles in the form of pdf may be already incorporated in the process of competitive knowledge producing. Because Higher visibility leads to higher possibility that an article is read and cited by other researchers. Once published, articles are evaluated in the frequency of citation, higher visibility is greatly valuable and by itself sought after by researchers.

  2. Given the accessibility of online pdfs, what are there rules, regulations and/or consequences of “recycling” this material as OER?

    • Naoko

      I definitely share Melanie’s concerns. Open educational resources can be certainly helpful to reduce students’ expenses for textbooks. However, I wonder who meet the cost for keeping the internet reliable on which OER totally depends. Even in state-aided public universities, it is probable that growing technological cost leads to hike tuitions and fees.

  3. Naoko

    I definitely share Melanie’s concerns. OER might be certainly helpful to lower expenses for purchasing textbooks, but we have to think about who meet the cost to maintain the internet reliable. Even at the state-aided public universities, it is probable that growing technology costs would lead to hike tuitions and fees.

  4. How can I make sure that the OER I find is reliable? And what is the difference between OER and Open Access Publishing?

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